What’s it like to live abroad?

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What’s it like to live abroad?

Most people will, at some point in their life, have wondered what it’s like to live abroad. Everything you’ve ever known, everyone you’ve ever met, a set of customs and practices that have been ingrained into you since Day 0 and re-enforced ever since..all..gone? Indeed, when put like this, the idea of packing up your bags to start a life elsewhere seems vaguely absurd. And you’d be right not to take it lightly.

However, the decision to move abroad for any prolonged period of time is one that, in spite of attempts to rationalise it, will still eventually be pushed over the line by an emotionally-driven,instinctive feel that the life you can have overseas will be more fulfilling, the opportunities more numerous, and that the time to break free from the shackles of society has finally arrived! OK, we’re getting a little carried away. But moving abroad is a decision that can’t only be rationalised. It requires an open-mind, a curiosity, and an ultimate faith that the experience of living abroad itself will at the very least be an interesting one.

 

The idea of living abroad is one that will leave you feeling both excited and anxious.  You’ll meet new people, be exposed to a different way of living, and be faced with – for those who are inclined to take it on – the challenge of learning a new language. You’ll move away from the comfort zone of your home country to a world of unknowns in your chosen destination, and it won’t always be easy. But moving outside your comfort zone, by definition, isn’t supposed to be plain sailing. Think back to all the big changes that have happened in your life –  your first day at a new school, starting a new job, Facebook redesigning their news feed….Yes, at first, these changes are a lot to take. It takes a while to slip back into the grooves that – over extended periods of familiarity –  you’d previously carved out. In the end, though, life has a funny way of always seeming to work out. In fact, change, whether initiated by you or forced upon you, often leads to things being better than they were before.

While it can’t be guaranteed that moving to live overseas will be your key to riches, if you ask anyone who’s ever lived abroad they’ll always say that they’re thankful for the experience. Indeed, they’d probably recommend you give it a shot!

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